My youngest son has language delay. He’s a pretty happy guy, except when he’s not. Before he had words, there were what professionals call “maladaptive, self-injurious” behaviors that had to be sorted out and looked at one by one. Was he in pain? Was he frustrated because he didn’t understand? Did he want or not want something?
He’s acquired some great language skills. But, there are still times I wish I could say, “Just tell me what you want.” I’d take care of it.
For 2010, I’m thinking of all our pressing wants and needs as individuals, parents, families, and a community. It’s a wish list, an affirmation, a prayer for:
Children and adults to be more comfortable in their own skin.
Laws changed and new laws passed.
Better “flashlights” for new parents.
Less new parents.
More autism breaks.
There’s much more work to do. I wish all of you and your children the very happiest New Year. I’ll continue to wish, affirm, pray, and work. And I’ll keep writing. Go ahead; just tell me what you want.Tags: Alison Davis, autism, momof3au